Songkran Festival - Thai New Year

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
April 11, 2011

On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I send best wishes to the people of Thailand as you celebrate the Songkran Festival and the Thai New Year in the coming days.

During my visit to Thailand two years ago, I was impressed with the optimism of the Thai people and the opportunities for our two countries to grow even stronger. Thailand is one of our most enduring and strongest allies. We recently marked the 50th anniversary of His Majesty the King's historic visit to the United States. The spirit of cooperation and respect started all those years ago continues today as Thais and Americans work side by side on peacekeeping operations and groundbreaking medical research. Our citizens -- many of whom have visited Thailand as workers, tourists, or students -- have benefited in countless ways from Thailand’s rich culture and traditions.

As you celebrate your New Year, know that the United States is committed to Thailand’s future. We look forward to continuing to work together to strengthen and deepen this important friendship and alliance.

PRN: 2011/566